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Best Date Ideas in Birmingham

Thursday 18 May 2023

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There’s nothing better than being in love but finding the most romantic spots to take your beloved can be tricky. Whether you’re going on a first date and looking to impress, or are searching for a perfectly romantic date night with your long-term partner, CrossCountry is here to advise with the best date ideas in Birmingham.

Getting to Birmingham for your dates is easy with CrossCountry. Simply hop on board at your local station and travel to Birmingham New Street station, situated in the centre of the city. 

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Catch a Film at the Mockingbird Cinema

Seeing a movie is a date night classic, and for good reason. Seeing the latest blockbuster or an indie release is a great way to get to know each other through a love of great film, and there is nowhere better to do this than Brum’s very own Mockingbird Cinema. Situated in the iconic Custard Factory, you can book in for a movie brunch experience including a two-course meal and prosecco – for a truly special date. 

Stroll Along the Canals

Perfect for a last-minute date, Birmingham’s 35 miles of canals offer a romantic afternoon stroll. With canals stretching across the city, you can pick any location that suits you – and maybe even pick a pub or café to walk towards. If you’re feeling extra romantic, why not hire a boat or paddleboards to see the city from the water? Dating can get expensive, and this is one our favourite free things to do in Birmingham.


 Play Mini Gold at Cannon Hill Park

Mini golf is another classic date activity – though it might be best to hide your competitive side! Cannon Hill Park is one of Birmingham’s most romantic places, with a boating lake, winding paths, and beautiful scenery. With scenic views and 36 holes to explore, Golden Putter Mini Golf comes with dynamic obstacles and water hazards to really test your skills! Secure the second date by agreeing that the loser pays for dinner. 

Have a Laugh at a Comedy Night

Take the pressure off yourself to make your date laugh and let the professionals take over! Book tickets for one of Birmingham’s comedy nights, where you’re sure to have a good time. The Glee is considered one of the best comedy clubs in the UK, previously hosting big names like Jo Brand, Russell Howard, and Jimmy Carr. 

Take a Trip to Cadbury World

Who doesn’t love chocolate! Situated in the leafy suburb of Bourneville, which may sound familiar to chocolate afficionados, you can take a tour of the Cadbury World chocolate factory to make your date extra sweet. Learn how your favourite Cadbury chocolate is made, play interactive chocolate games, and taste lots and lots of chocolate! To really impress your date, book an Afternoon Tea – featuring chocolatey delights of course.


Meet the Animals at Birmingham Conservation Park

Birmingham Conservation Park offers a unique, close-up experience with animals, making it the perfect date spot if you both love wildlife. The variety of cute and fascinating reptiles, lemurs, wallabies, meerkats, monkeys, birds, and red pandas will give you plenty to talk about and see. Time your visit right and you can even feed the animals! The park does a lot of great work towards conserving endangered species, which you can learn all about on your visit.

Sip Cocktails at Birmingham’s Secret Bars

Birmingham has so many secret bars to discover that we’ve written a whole guide to enjoying them! Going for drinks is a classic date – whether it’s date 1 or 100! Why not mix it up a little and take your date to a bar offering a unique experience? From doors hidden behind bookcases to secret passwords and intimate dining experiences, Birmingham has some very special bars which are sure to help you impress your date. Some even offer cocktail masterclasses, so you and your date can get involved!

Enjoy a Picnic at the Botanical Gardens

Perfect for Summer sunshine, the beautiful Botanical Gardens are certain to put you in a romantic mood. Pack a picnic full of your favourite snacks, bring a picnic blanket, and enjoy each other’s company in the stunning surroundings. There are often open-air plays and events taking place in the gardens, check online ahead of your visit to know what to expect.

Enjoy a Weekend Away

If you and your date aren’t local to Birmingham, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a date there! Pack your bags, follow our guides to Birmingham, and enjoy a weekend romancing in one of the UK’s most prominent cities.

If you’re planning a date night in Birmingham, don’t forget to book an Advance ticket via our website or the CrossCountry app. If you need more information, you can contact us here.

Written by Julia

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